Making Soap Anderson SC
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You wouldn’t know it by the number of soap products available in the market today, but a significant number of people are actually making soap for their own use. Why they would engage in soap making rather than just buying soaps from the stores isn’t very surprising, actually. With the current hype about health consciousness and the benefits of going natural, it’s no wonder that a lot of people are into soap making. However, unlike other health-related hype, using homemade soap has actual benefits and advantages—most of which are supported by actual studies and prominent people in the medical world.
The arguments and benefits on soap making
So why should anyone use homemade soap? Why should you spend significant amount of time into making soap when you can easily get a bar in the supermarket?
Perhaps this has something to do with the studies and testimonies of experts saying how soap as we know it isn’t exactly necessary when bathing. Not a few articles have come out both in print and the internet presenting experiences of people who didn’t use soaps during their baths. But rather than coming feeling dirty and uncomfortable during the experience, they actually ended up writing how it made a huge difference to their skin. The soap that we know today, after all, is already filled with unnecessary chemicals and additives beyond the usual basic soap ingredients.
Basically, with more chemicals in soap, users and consumers may end up being allergic to the soap. The skin is rather sensitive, after all; use inappropriate substances on your skin you may end up having adverse reactions. By making soap yourself, you can create a product with substances you chose yourself—leaving out all those potentially harmful and useless ingredients.
Would making soap yourself prove to be practical too? Although, in general, homemade soap should be cheaper, this will probably depend on the ingredients that you use. While the basic soap making process should entail very cheap and common ingredients, some are actual complicated—and hence expensive. Still, this is the beauty of making soap. You choose your ingredients and, therefore, you control what your soap will end up as.
Soap making guide
So how do you make soap? Here are the ingredients and materials needed for making a basic homemade soap:
- 750 ml of water
- Lemon juice and .25 ounce of a fragrance of your choice
- Around 350 g of lye
- Around two to three pounds of lard (nine pounds of tallow or coconut and olive oil can word as substitutes)
- Baking dishes (preferably made from glass)
- Spoon (preferably made from wood)
First, prepare your lard or tallow. Cut the tallow or lard into smaller chunks then place it inside a large pot. Heat the materials (with the pot covered) on medium heat. Stir until fully melted. After this, cool the melted fat. Mix your water into the mixture and make it boil. Once boiled, remove it from the heat and cover the pot, then let it sit overnight. This should be enough time to you the mixture solid enough for your recipe. Remove any remaining water for the fat and remove the gunk that isn’t fat. You’ll probably have to scrape the very bottom of the fat to make sure your mixture is all fat. From this rendered fat, get around three kg of it and cut it into balls as big as tennis balls. Place these pieces on your bowl. After this, you can now create the soap.
Now, in the list of soap making ingredients, it was mentioned that you can use other materials besides lard. In case you’re not using lard, you can actually skip the step mentioned above and proceed to the next step. However, it should be noted that soap with liquid fat are soft, while soap made from actual lard then to be more solid and consistent when it comes to form. The reason for why, of course, is glaringly obvious.
In case, the very core of soap making is simple after the said step. After you’ve created an all fat mixture, combine it with the lye, boil it and use the said mixture to create the homemade soap. Of course, you will have to wait for the mixture to harden. Once it does, cut it to bars. You can any fragrance and additional substances if you want to. As mentioned earlier, it’s about what you want in the first place.
Soap making as business
Is it possible to turn soap making into a business, even just a small one? Many people are doing this with homemade perfume. Why not do the same with soap? Although, of course, it is possible, there are actually more people selling soaps than people selling perfume. And why? Simple: soaps are easier to make. Perfume making isn’t exactly rocket science, but it’s not just about following the right steps and using the right ingredients either. It will depend on the base ingredient you use and how all the other materials will interact with the base. The process of perfume making is also very precise; the simplest miscalculation in material weight can spell the difference between a good perfume and a bad perfume.
But most important, a lot of people are already doing homemade soaps and selling them for top dollars. This means the competition is already extremely tough. There are eve major stores selling naturally made soap. Basically, it’s like homemade soap, except the branding and packaging made it commercial. If you want to see your soap, you really your product to be different than the others. And this is admittedly hard, something the basics of making soap would not be able to cover.
Still, just the same, soap making offers a number in benefits and advantage. It is guaranteed to be safe, especially when you use the ingredients you prefer and need. If you think the soaps today because you react adversely to store bought soaps, homemade soap is thing